'The Fact of a Body' TV Series in the Works at HBO

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich and Jeremiah Zagar SPLIT - Publicity - H 2021
Courtesy of BeowulfSheehan and Melissa Bernstein

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich and Jeremiah Zagar

HBO is poised to explore the death penalty in its latest limited series.

The premium cable network has landed the rights to adapt author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's acclaimed memoir The Fact of a Body.

The drama, which is in development and envisioned as a limited series, revolves around a young lawyer whose opposition to the death penalty is shaken when she's assigned the case of a child murderer whose complicated life story parallels the long-suppressed trauma of her past.

Jeremiah Zagar (Hustle) will co-write the script, exec produce and direct the potential series. Jeremy Yaches and Melissa Bernstein are also on board to exec produce.

"I am honored that Alex has entrusted me with this material. As a fan of the book, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such a powerful and profound story to life," Zagar said. Added author Marzano-Lesnevich in a statement of their own: "I've long been an admirer of Jeremiah's work, particularly his visually-driven, haunting approach to storytelling. This is a dream pairing to me. I can't wait to see the story come to life in his hands."

Zagar and Yaches are repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Granderson Des Rochers. Bernstein is with CAA and Gang Tyre. Author Marzano-Lesnevich is with Janklow and Nesbit Associates.